A widely used firefighting foam long ago deemed effective by fire fighters, military and civilian businesses and airports has been linked to toxic water contamination and property damage in Ohio and throughout the nation.
3M and other companies have manufactured Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) as a firefighting suppressant. The product is allegedly hazardous and can severely contaminate large swaths of land and water supplies. AFFF was sold to the United States Military as well as commercial airports.
The effectiveness may not be in question, however AFFF contains toxic perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and adjacent properties nearby firefighting exercises have been contaminated, spawning AFFF property damage lawsuits.
The Lyon Firm represents plaintiffs nationwide and files AFFF property damage lawsuits against 3M Company and other negligent manufacturers for ground water contamination from the toxins in the AFFF foam.
Product Liability & AFFF Property Damage Lawsuits
Toxic PFOA and PFOS are used in AFFF firefighting foams, risking soil contamination and water contamination throughout a large area of the country.
Bowing to safety concerns and AFFF property damage lawsuits, the U.S. Air Force recently replaced foam in fire vehicles and older Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) stockpiles. The new foam is free from perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and contains only trace amounts of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
AFFF has been used throughout the U.S. by public firefighting departments and military outfits, including at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Personal injuries have been reported related to firefighting foams, including chemical burns and respiratory illnesses.
The contamination concerns, however, and the AFFF property damage lawsuits may have urged the base to discontinue the 3M firefighting foam altogether.
Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Hazards
In the Wright-Patterson area, two drinking water wells were closed due to suspected AFFF groundwater contamination. Perfluoro-octane sulfonic Acid (PFOS) and Perfloro-octanoic Acid (PFOA) are toxins that can easily contaminate soil and groundwater supplies and has prompted consumer safety experts and product liability lawyers to investigate property damages in earnest.
Toxicology studies show that PFCs can be absorbed after oral exposure and may accumulate in the human body. When leaked into a water supply, perfluorinated compounds can cause a wide range of health risks, including kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disruption, and liver damage, not to mention the loss of value on private properties. PFCs are water soluble and mobile in groundwater and the environment.